Karabakh: Mediators say progress was made at Kazan summit talks



The co-chairs of the OSCE Mink Group, Ambassadors Bernard Fassier of France, Robert Bradtke of the United States, and Igor Popov of Russia, have confirmed that progress was made at the Russia-hosted Armenian-Azerbaijani talks on Nagorno-Karabakh late last month.

In a statement issued from Vienna on July 5 the mediating troika said that the sides should move on to accept the basic principles of settlement despite the remaining differences that they failed to resolve at the meeting in the Russian city of Kazan.

“Although the sides did not reach final agreement on the Basic Principles at Kazan, progress was made. The outcome of Kazan, including confirmation by the sides that they will continue to seek a negotiated settlement, provides momentum that the parties should use to reach agreement on the Principles as soon as possible,” the statement said. “The remaining differences should not prevent the sides from accepting the Basic Principles and moving on to the treaty-drafting phase of the peace process.”

The co-chairs reminded to the conflicting parties about the May 26 joint statement of the United States, French and Russian presidents who said that “further delay only calls into question the commitment of the sides to reach an agreement.”

The co-chairs also announced plans “to hold consultations in Moscow and visit the region in the near future.”

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